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Ciaran Algar

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  1. Hi Trish, If you wanted to give us a call at Barleycorn Concertinas then we'd be happy to talk you through the main things that would affect value (e.g the key the instrument is in, as Richard mentioned above). The instrument is from Wheatstone's later period which means it will never be as valuable as their top-range instruments as they made them out of cheaper materials throughout at this stage. It will however be worth a fair amount! If you want to get in touch our details are on https://concertina.co.uk/
  2. We're extremely suspicious of this Dipper. We've asked twice for pictures of the ends and for the serial number and had no response, and the fact there are no pictures of the ends to begin with makes no sense. We're aware of three Dippers stolen in Ireland over the last 6/7 years, and our thoughts are that the reason for no end pictures might be so that the instrument isn't identifiable. We've been hurt before by buying instruments that have turned out to be stolen- we lost the entire price we paid for them with no compensation. I'm sure that the person who listed the item does have the instrument, but there are a number of red flags.
  3. Hi there, We currently have a few of these in stock at Barleycorn Concertinas- you can see one of them on our website at www.concertina.co.uk. We can send pictures of the others if you drop us an email
  4. We're currently waiting on the new bellows to find that out, but we'll be sure to let you know! Thanks again for the article Gary, we'll be posting it on our website in the next week 🙂
  5. Sorry I've only just seen this! Yes it's definitely not got a huge margin in it but we prefer to have as much available as possible and we haven't had a Jeffries Duet in a long time- although like London busses, two have turned up at once! You're right on the tuning though, I'm not sure I've ever seen my Dad so unwilling to start a tuning job!
  6. If it's of interest to anyone, this Duet arrived with us yesterday. The bellows are completely shot but I'm not entirely sure how the reeds were ever described as severely rusted- they're in pretty great condition. The instrument doesn't play due to the bellows, not the reeds- I'm guessing that's where that mix-up happened?
  7. Hi Geoff, We're still very much figuring it all out at the moment too, and my Dad is much more aware of it that I am. As far as I know, our sales to EU countries mean that we don't pay VAT on them, but the buyer has to pay their country's duty and VAT. These rates seem to vary across EU countries, and there is always a difference in rate for antique (100 years old or more) instruments. We're still figuring out the best way of selling to the EU- most likely a reduction in the price of an instrument to an EU buyer to go towards covering their import costs and due to the fact that we wouldn't be paying VAT on it. As always, the big disclaimer that I could have got some of that wrong- it's all massively confusing to me and there still don't seem to be any clear guidelines!
  8. Hi everyone, Barleycorn Concertinas have been selling a lot of instruments recently (and I've seen some happy customers on here, so thank you as always for choosing us!), but that's left us with a fair number of empty spaces on the shelves. As a result, we're looking to buy as many instruments as possible at the moment. We have a handy little form on our website - https://concertina.co.uk/sell-your-concertina/ or alternatively, send some pictures and a brief description to barleycorn@concertina.co.uk Obviously there may be some things we already have a number of so this is by no means a guarantee that we'll buy everything and anything, but if you've got a spare instrument lying around gathering dust then we'd love to make a deal with you and get it to somebody looking for their next dream instrument! We always pay as fair a price as possible and will be completely transparent about what we'd be selling the instrument for ourselves. We'll of course make a donation towards CNet for any things that we buy through this- make sure you tell us you saw this post on here if you get in touch so we know which instruments need a donation! Hope this is okay to post here! Ciaran
  9. It really is an interesting thing! We've never had anything quite like it, but it really is a brilliant little (well, fairly big) player. It's brass reeded but we were convinced they were steel before looking inside- and that's not something we get wrong very often! The ends are a mystery- I think you might not be far wrong with the drill press comment. It has a new home now and it's going to be fully restored so hopefully we'll get to see/hear it in action in the future.
  10. Sorry, I've only just seen this! We're currently trying to figure out the whole customs/VAT situation as we've had a couple of instruments go to Ireland and the Netherlands and have huge Duty added on to them. We're trying to get in touch with UPS (who we use as our courier) to find out specifically what the rules and regulations are but no luck so far- I've spent days researching the rules but they're hidden well away! All of our prices include VAT. We are VAT registered so before Brexit there would have been no difference between our prices overall to UK or EU customers. Obviously we may have to rethink how things are done if VAT is being added in EU countries as it wasn't before, but we're still very much in the learning stage of this whole agreement and we're figuring out as we go! (I may have got some terminology wrong here because it's a world I'm very new to- apologies if so!)
  11. Hi Michael When you say that the reeds are broken- is the metal snapped off/bent or are they just not making a sound? If it's the latter then that's a fix you could most likely do yourself (with some instruction!). If it's just a few pads and reeds you need replacing then I'd be happy to get that sorted for you. I imagine, from the sound of your post, that the concertina could benefit from a full re-padding/valving etc, but if you'd prefer to just fix the small things you've mentioned then it'd be a pretty inexpensive job. At Barleycorn we often have people come to us wanting to trade in an instrument like yours and, like you say, the cost of repairs done to it have surpassed the value of the instrument. Just drop me a message if you have any questions!
  12. I always report these listings to eBay as soon as I see them, and the response time in taking them down always seems to be painfully slow. At least it was done before anybody lost any money!
  13. Thank you very much! Yes, we're not usually massive fans of Jones instruments but this one really is a lovely thing! The Lachenal is also a very interesting thing- it's very rare for us to come across such an early instrument that's in great condition and still plays well!
  14. Hi everybody, hope you're all keeping well. Just in case anybody is interested, we have given the Barleycorn Concertinas website a fresh (well overdue) update. I know a lot of posters here check our stock selection frequently for any rarities/oddities, so one of the new features is a mailing list which you can sign up to on the homepage! There are a lot of new features on the website, so check it out for yourself if you've got a spare 5 minutes! https://concertina.co.uk/ Hope you all have as Merry a Christmas as possible- hopefully 2021 will be much better! Ciaran
  15. Thanks John- it's a bit of a difficult one in these parts, I'm more used to it being spelt wrong anyway! Thank you for the kind message 🙂 I'm really glad to hear you got the concertina you were looking for- I hope you're enjoying it regularly! Thanks so much Mike, you're a lovely man! I still need to come and visit the workshop when times are bit more ordinary! Thank you mate. Hi Ken, that's good to know- thank you! If I ever did post about the business it'd be about something significant as opposed to listing every individual instrument that comes in (unless it's a complete rarity!). Thanks very much 🙂 It feels great to be a part of the business (at last!). Rather than sitting around listening to Dad tune all day, I get to join in and annoy my mum even more! I'm really glad you've had good experiences with us- here's to many more 😉 Thanks Ruediger! A morning playing them can easily turn into a full day- I've seen it happen! Glad you found the right instrument for you- we're itching to get to festivals again so lets hope next year can be a bit more normal! All the best!
  16. Hello everyone, I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this so I apologise if it isn't! I'm Ciaran and most of you will know my dad, Chris. I'm currently going through a full concertina education and have found browsing this forum incredibly useful as a resource- what an amazing thing this website is, with so many incredibly knowledgeable people to learn from! I won't be using these forums to advertise Barleycorn at all, but if anybody ever needs to get in touch then my messages are always open. I look forward to carry on engaging with the forum, and to keep learning!
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